Nacho Novo made a lasting impression on Rangers fans during his six year spell with the club. Winning several major accolades during his spell at Ibrox, including two Premiership titles, the Spaniard’s time in Govan was a fruitful one.
With his energetic style of play and the ability to win a game in spectacular fashion, Novo endeared himself to the Rangers faithful throughout his spell in blue. He has become a massive Rangers fan since his time at Ibrox, only wanting the best for his adopted side.
In January 2018 though, the Spaniard took to the pitch again, this time for a Masters tournament in Germany. It would provide Novo with the biggest scare of his life, suffering a heart attack and being rushed into hospital for major surgery.
Novo’s U12s and how his heart attack “changed everything”
Novo recovered, and is now back on his feet, taking a new outlook on life along with him.
The Spaniard spoke to Rangers News about what the heart attack did for his thoughts on life. He admits he spoke with a former Gers boss about how to deal with the issue, and how he now looks forward to spending time with another former Rangers manager.
“It changed everything really. It changed my thoughts. I now think positive all the time as you don’t know what’s round the corner. You need to enjoy your life and live it with the people you love. I was only 38 years of age when I had my heart attack.
“I spoke with Graeme Souness about it, and he said the same as me. You need to look at it in a positive way. I’ve been handed another chance at life, I just need to get fitter now and begin to look forward to coaching.
“Coaching has been okay so far. I was over in the USA with Carolina Railhawks and I had a team there. It was really good over there, especially with the weather. The team did very well, we won a few competitions which was good. It was at U12 level, so it was enjoyable working with the kids. Since then I’ve worked with Greenock Morton, but when I go back, I’ll do three and half months with Pedro Caixinha.
“I’m on the learning curve. Hopefully everything will be good.”
Lacing up the boots again
Whilst Novo seems to be enjoying the coaching side of the game, there is no denying what his true love is. He feel truly at home when he is out on the park with a ball at his feet.
This has became increasingly difficult due to his health implications, but Novo is still managing to get out on the park. It may have only been five-a-side football with his mates, but Novo says he is thankful for having the opportunity to play with his friends again.
“It’s been tough, but you can do whatever you want to do. The most important things for me is playing football, I’ve done it my whole life. If I can still try to play, I will play. It’s just five-a-sides though, nothing daft. I’m just glad to be enjoying it again.”